“Rock solid” is one of those attributes often given to cast-iron tools, but it’s literally true for Steel City Tool’s new table saw, unveiled recently at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas.
Believe it or not, this saw has a granite top!
Granite seems appropriate for kitchen countertops, headstones and maybe an upscale fireplace hearth, but on a woodworking tool? Yet, think about it for a spell, and you’ll come to realize how sensible it really is. According to the folks at Steel City, granite can be machined perfectly flat, and it will not warp or change. It is not affected by heat, cold or humidity and, of course, it won’t rust like cast iron. Granite’s density and overall weight will also help absorb blade and motor vibration, which should improve cutting quality.
This new 10″ cabinet saw (Model 35915G) has other impressive features as well. It includes a true riving-knife style splitter, which raises and lowers with the blade, and a quick-change guard. The saw has a 3 HP TEFC motor, cabinet-mounted trunnion system, 50″ T-square fence, two granite extension wings, a table board, miter gauge and 4″ dust port. Steel City tops it all off with a 5-year warranty.
As of this writing, the company has not announced the saw’s price or expected availability. In fact, the saw on display at AWFS was still in a pre-production stage. But, that black granite surface sure looked cool.
Incidentally, Steel City also plans to offer granite components on other tools that could benefit from it, including a jointer fence and band saw table. Look for these offerings to come soon.
See Steel City’s full line of other woodworking machinery and accessories at their web site http://www.steelcitytoolworks.com.
Rock on, Steel City.